Narrator Edoardo Ballerini's confident, masculine voice is well suited to narrate this 1950s murder whodunit featuring private eye Aloysius Archer. Visiting an aspiring actress friend in Los Angeles, Archer is approached by a screenwriter who fears for her life, and then disappears. His investigation leads him beyond glamorous Hollywood to Chinatown and the surrounding desert, where he crosses paths with dangerous criminals. Brittany Pressley delivers the dialogue of all the female characters. She employs stereotypical bombshell voices for most of them, falling short of the opportunity to portray depth in some multilayered women, including Archer's sharp-witted friend, Liberty. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable listen for noir fans. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2022]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9781549160615 $27.98
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